Kentucky did not lose consecutive games in the 2017 season until the final two games of the year, leaving a sour taste in the mouthes of many fans. Mark Stoops’ Wildcats have a chance to change the narrative with a victory over the nine-win Northwestern Wildcats at the Music City Bowl in Nashville. That’s just one reason why you should be at Nissan Stadium on December 29.
A Pregame Basketball Party
The Music City Bowl will kickoff at 4:30 ET, hours after the Louisville-Kentucky basketball game tips off at Rupp Arena. Some may see that as a problem, but like Mitch Barnhart, I see it as a wonderful opportunity.
“I don’t look at it as a problem,” Barnhart said. “I look at it as a great opportunity and unbelievable celebration. I don’t know that there’s probably too many schools that have the incredible opportunity to have two showcase opportunities in one day for your two marquee programs.”
Broadway will be shut down for a Music City Bowl fan zone on Thursday and Friday. Barnhart is working with the bowl game to create a place where fans can gather to watch the basketball game before heading to the football stadium.
“I intend to work very closely with the Sports Council to try and create an environment down there where our fans will have an opportunity to view the basketball game before the football game and walk across that bridge and go in that stadium for the football game and we’ll have some fun. We’ll look forward to that.”
The Cheapest Football Ticket all Year
It isn’t cheap to attend a Kentucky football game. Even in the cheap seats it’s usually about $50 per ticket. Price should not be a problem for those who wish to witness the Music City Bowl with tickets starting at just $22. On third-party platforms, you can get inside the stadium for as little as $16. Price should not be a problem. Get your tickets from UK here.
No Nashville SEC Tournament
Each spring the BBN gets to celebrate the basketball season with a weekend party at the SEC Tournament in Nashville. This year that will not be the case. For the first time since 2014, the tournament is leaving Nashville. Instead, St. Louis will host the tournament for the first time. Replicating the madness in the Midwest will be difficult, but it’s safe to say Kentucky fans will be crazy for a December trip to Broadway.
It will be Better than the Last Game at the Titans’ Stadium
Mark Stoops’ Kentucky head coaching tenure began with optimism on a hot August day at Nissan Stadium. The Cats left the stadium with a loss to Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. No matter what happens on December 29, it can’t be as bad as that loss.
UK is Great in the Music City Bowl
Kentucky’s record in the Music City Bowl is 2-2, but in hindsight we can ignore the bad moments and appreciate the best parts.
Nashville’s New Year’s Eve Party
If you have yet to make plans for New Year’s Eve, few destinations are better than Nashville’s annual party. The free concert at Bicentennial Park is headlined by Keith Urban and also features Maren Morris, Cheap Trick and Kentucky-native Carly Pearce. If that option does not float your boat, you can party with Parrot Heads. Huey Lewis and the News opens for Jimmy Buffett at Bridgestone Arena.
Even if you don’t stay until the 31st, hockey fans can enjoy a night in Smashville when the Predators host the Minnesota Wild on December 30 at 8:00 p.m.
A Proper Senior Send-Off
Stephen Johnson, Courtney Love, Austin MacGinnis, Juice Johnson and the entire 2017 senior class has done incredible things to take the Kentucky football program to new heights. Their final game at Kroger Field could not have gone much worse.
The seniors have one more game to show the Big Blue Nation how far this program has come since Mark Stoops arrived. They have an opportunity to knock off a nine-win Big 10 team and leave a lasting legacy, an opportunity I’m certain they will not let slip away.